Another major MMA championship sits within reach of Tito Ortiz.
Ortiz checked in at 204.6 pounds ahead of his five-round battle with Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary (204.8) in the Bellator 142 “Dynamite” main event on Saturday at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The four participants in the one-night light heavyweight tournament -- Phil Davis (205.8) vs. Emanuel Newton (204) and Muhammed Lawal (204.4) vs. Linton Vassell (205) -- also met the contracted weight requirements for their respective semifinal matchups without incident at Friday’s official weigh-in.
Bellator 142 “Dynamite” -- which airs live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT -- will also feature a lightweight clash pitting former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson (155.4) against Mike Bronzoulis (155.4) and three Glory kickboxing bouts, as Keri Anne-Taylor Melendez (120.8) meets Hadley Griffith (121), Paul Daley (170.4) faces Fernando Gonzalez (175.6) and Zack Mwekassa (207.2) confronts Saulo Cavalari (208.8). Mwekassa and Cavalari will square off for the vacant Glory light heavyweight crown.
McGeary and Ortiz are on the marquee. Unbeaten through his first 10 appearances, the 32-year-old McGeary has recorded nine finishes, seven of them inside one round. He last competed at Bellator 134 on Feb. 27, when a unanimous decision over Newton brought with it the promotion’s 205-pound championship. Ortiz, meanwhile, will enter the cage on the strength of back-to-back victories over Alexander Shlemenko and Stephan Bonnar. The 40-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship hall of famer has not won three fights in a row in nearly nine years.
Bellator 142 ‘Dynamite’ Weigh-in Results:
Bellator | Liam McGeary (204.8) vs. Tito Ortiz (204.6)
Glory | Zack Mwekassa (207.2) vs. Saulo Cavalari (208.8)
Bellator | Josh Thomson (155.4) vs. Mike Bronzoulis (155.4)
Glory | Paul Daley (170.4) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (175.6)
Glory | Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez (120.8) vs. Hadley Griffith (121)
Bellator | Phil Davis (205.8) vs. Emanuel Newton (204)
Bellator | Muhammed Lawal (204.4) vs. Linton Vassell (205)
Bellator | James Terry (171) vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha (170)
Bellator | Matt Ramirez (126) vs. Josh Paiva (126)
Glory | Serhiy Adamchuck (143.8) vs. Anvar Boynazarov (141.4)
Bellator | Gabriel Carrasco (135.4) vs. Joe Neal (135.6)
Bellator | Adam Piccolotti (155.8) vs. Salvador Becerra (156)
Bellator | Ousmane Thomas Diagne (145.6) vs. Mike Malott (145.2)
Bellator | Francis Carmont (205) vs. Anthony Ruiz (205.4)
Glory | Jose Palacios (145.6) vs. T.J. Arcangel (145.2)